Showing posts from May, 2012

Allison Schulnik "Salty Air" at Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, California

Showcasing her distinctively textured canvases, ceramics, and works on paper, "Salty Air" stages a narrative born of the wistful sailor's tale – its characters loyal to the tragic, farcical beauty consistent within Schulnik's evolving cast. Yielding to the capricious plight of her unlikely protagonists, Schulnik embraces their trials and imperfections through dignified portraiture, a ceremonious haven in an otherwise inhospitable world.

 Drawing upon divergent renditions of the same fable, The Little Mermaid (as presented in its original incarnation by Hans Christian Anderson, and its jovial Disney counterpart) notably serves as influence upon Schulnik's recent works. She candidly portrays elements of the contrasting versions as an allusion to the irreconcilability of seafaring life, her mermaids and sailors personifying the vulnerability inherent to want. The sailor is free from society, but privy to isolation, while the mermaid shares a discordant existence bet…

Victor Mann "The White Shadow of His Talent" at Blum and Poe, Culver City California

Memory – deconstruction

"Painting for me is a daily routine that enables me to avoid falling into boredom and inactivity. I need to 'do' things every day." The objects and images used by Victor Man hark back to a more or less recent past and focus precisely on the actions of passing time. Certain objects out of context suggest new stories. By voiding the images of their initial contents and extirpating their original meaning, Victor Man allows for possible new readings. Only a part of the original remains intact: stealing their soul is the last action that the artist performs before he reintroduces them in a new context.

What is important in the images is the impression of déjà-vu that they inspire, the innuendo-filled story they imply as if they were ghosts of something that they used to be. In his paintings and in certain drawings, the artist demonstrates particular attention to the past and a will to reconstruct a personal memory.

- Victor Man

Man’s wo…

7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

The Berlin Biennale was founded in order to promote contemporary art in Berlin. In 1998 the first Berlin Biennale took place. Since 2004, KW Institute for Contemporary Art has been the supporting organization of the Berlin Biennale.

The 7th Berlin Biennale, curated by the Polish artist Artur Żmijewski has its focus on social and political issues. Żmijewski is particularly interested in the power of art and its relation to politics.

The Berlin Biennale is organized by KW Institute for Contemporary Art and funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation). The 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art in Berlin / Germany runs until July 1, 2012.

7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, opening reception, April 26, 2012. Video by Astrid Gleichmann.

Cory Arcangel Interview

“Cory Arcangel talks about video games, computers, and his work, Super Mario Clouds.”
The Whitney Museum

Elizabeth Neel: "Routes and Pressures" at Suzanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA

Neel’s paintings on canvas and paper and her sculptural assemblages participate in a triangle of influences. Intersections between organic and inorganic architecture, the tensions between calculation and accident, and the constant energy of becoming through memory, action and recapitulation characterize Neel’s two and the three-dimensional works. Shifting relationships between architecture and the body, between hard and soft surfaces and materials, her work conflates both experiential and imaginative attempts to grasp at reality.
In her paintings, she traces and punctuates pathways emphasizing the activity of mark making as a temporal record and as a method of creating narrative potential. A paint smear left by a hand gesture, a circle reflecting a missing penny, a square registering a once present piece of paper, a line as evidence of provisionally affixed masking tape – each of these inscriptions hints at the empirical within the transformative space of abstraction…